Kara Martinez Bachman
Most Recent Book Title
Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age
Book Description
Life doesn’t end at 40 ... it just gets really, really weird. In Kissing the Crisis, humorist Kara Martinez Bachman takes on middle age with a kick-ass Generation X attitude and a willingness to try anything. Bachman’s comic essays recount her many absurd adventures in her forties, presenting a decidedly female approach to the midlife crisis.

Written for every woman who knows that turning 40 is no reason to become respectable, Kissing the Crisis is the field guide you need to blaze your own unconventional trail through the jungle of middle age. Bachman reports from the front lines of the battle to stay awake after 9 p.m., and her adventures will make you scream with laughter, cringe with embarrassment, and vow to tackle your own midlife crisis with a can-do attitude and a tasty cocktail.

Kissing the Crisis tells of Bachman’s fearless exploits such as searching for a child-friendly bar and grill for a parents’ drinking night; reigniting her rock ’n’ roll lifestyle by founding the world’s greatest ukulele-harp goth band; futilely trying to shush a foul-mouthed toddler shrieking obscenities in the grocery store, while everyone judges her for being a bad mother; overcoming her lifelong beliefs about gun control to learn target shooting—and absolutely loving it; and her many other wild attempts to live life after 40 to the fullest, even in the face of the harshest mommy judgment.

Bachman is a fresh, new, irreverent voice in humor, the spokeswoman of today’s middle-aged people, Generation X, who long ago lost the media’s attention but have been quietly redefining middle age as a time of freedom to be yourself without apologies. Kissing the Crisis is an inspiration to all of us living with a youthful spirit that says “Yes!” to adventure and a middle-aged body that says “Meh … let’s get ice cream instead.”

$14.95 ($18.95 Canada) • Trade Paperback • 6" x 9" • 146 pages
ISBN 978-1-61035-290-1
Location (city/state/country)
New Orleans/LA/USA
Author bio
Author and journalist Kara Martinez Bachman's writing has appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, and has been heard on NPR’s State of the Re:Union. She's a former staff reporter and a current freelance reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, where she primarily covers entertainment stories. She also served during 2015 as community news editor of the twice-weekly Mandeville Picayune, Covington Picayune, and Slidell Picayune community newspapers of the Times-Picayune.

Kara's essays, poetry and nonfiction have been included in several anthologies, numerous parenting magazines, and dozens of regional, national and foreign publications, websites and literary journals. She's Managing Editor for two editions of Parents & Kids magazine in Mississippi, a role she's held since 2012.

"Kissing the Crisis" is Kara's first book.
Professional Speaker Topics
--news reporting/journalism
--the essay form/creative nonfiction
--freelancing for money
--appropriate sourcing for nonfiction

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